Blackjack: A Short Review on the Simplest Casino Game

In the world of casino games, there are many popular games like Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat and Slots. All are great games in their own right and will keep you coming back for more. While at one end, these games are the main medium of entertainment, on the other hand, they are great source of huge earning potential. Out of all the casino games, blackjack is simpler and one of the most lucrative if you play your cards right.

Let’s look at how this simple game has taken over the world of table and card games.

Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is the most widely played game in casinos. In this game, players don’t compete against each other, rather they compete against the dealer or house; hence, you compare your cards with those of the dealer. Played with one or more decks each comprising of 52 cards, the primary objective of the players should be to beat the dealer.

There are certain ways to beat the dealer in blackjack:

  • If the player earns 21 points in the first two cards, he wins. This is called a blackjack and pays 3:2. (Note that the dealer can also get blackjack, in which case the game results in a push).
  • If the player gets a final score which is greater than that of the dealer, without exceeding a total of 21 points, then the player wins.
  • If the player allows the dealer to draw additional cards such that the dealer’s hand exceeds 21, then also the player wins.

Online Blackjack Tournaments

There are great online blackjack tournaments offered by online casios. In a blackjack tournament, the players start with same numbers of chips. All of them aim to finish top of the chip-leaderboard. If there are more number of participants, the tournament is held over different rounds. In each round, one or two players qualify to the next round. In an Elimination Blackjack tournament, the lowest-stacked players are dropped at pre-determined points. Players participating in a tournament follow a different strategy than regular blackjack strategy.

In different corners of the world several variants of the game are played. Let’s have a look at the various blackjack variants.

Spanish 21
This variant of the game offers some liberal blackjack rules. The players can double down any number of cards. Some other liberties include late surrender, rescue, or surrender only one wager to the house, and payout bonuses for five or more cards.

21st-Century Blackjack
Mostly popular in California card rooms, 21st century blackjack is also known as Vegas Style blackjack.

Double Exposure Blackjack
In Double Exposure Blackjack, the first two cards dealt for the dealer hand are face up. While blackjacks pay money, a tie ends in a loss.

Double Attack Blackjack
This is one of the most liberal blackjack variants. Dealt from a Spanish shoe, this game only pays even money.

Multiple Action Blackjack
The name of the game is justified by the involvement of a player between 2 or 3 bets. Afterwards, the dealer gets a hand for each of the bets that a player places on a hand. The strategy for playing this game is no different from that of the conventional blackjack.

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